Islamabad - The Millennium University College in collaboration with the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom organised a Transnational Industry-Academia Partnership for Entrepreneurship and Employability Symposium 2018 to bridge the gap between industry and academia at the TMUC Auditorium, H-11/4 Islamabad.

This symposium aims to provide a platform for academia-industry alliances where academia and industry representatives guide participants with their views concerning the scope and impact of transnational education.

President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan attended this special event as the chief guest. The guest panel comprised of intellectuals, academics, policy makers and entrepreneurs including Stuart Smith (Director International Partnerships, at University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom),  Sajjeed Aslam (Head of ACCA Pakistan), Naeem Zamindar (Chairman Board of Investments), Rashid Ali Khan (Chairman Nayatel), Sarim Sheikh (GE President & CEO of GE Pakistan) and Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq Founder and Chief Executive TMUC, Pakistan. Renowned political commentator, geostrategic analyst and television news journalist Moeed Hasan Pirzada moderated the discussion.

The audience at the event included working professionals, representatives of industrial sector, academicians, students of professional accountancy qualifications and business and accountancy fraternity. During the discussion, Sajjeed Aslam maintained that the lack of ethics is causing disruption in the industry, “We must build work ethics and develop a curriculum that creates a work force that knows how to manage work-life integration”. Addressing education providers in Pakistan, Mr. Stuart Smith stressed on the need to prepare students step straight into the workplace after graduation.

Praising the Pakistani youth for their ability to find innovative solutions to problems, Naeem Zamindar said that this is an important ability that should be developed. All the speakers agreed that the academia and the industry shared a symbiotic relationship. “Academia produces graduates who are absorbed by industry. Such workshops or specialist meetings organised by academics can be an excellent source of new ideas as they bring together experts to discuss the potential research agendas,” they said.

Chief Executive Roots Millennium Schools and The Millennium University College Faisal Mushtaq (Tamgha-i-Imtiuaz) stated: “With innovation at an all-time high, and drivers such as digitization and globalization influencing the future, there are great opportunities for the next generation. Professional accountants throughout the world are there to help organizations create sustainable growth and prosperity in the global economy”.

 Yet adding to this equation are the ambitions of today’s young workforce, the stakes for the attraction, engagement, development, and retention of the youngest generation in the profession today”.